Instructions on How to Behave (10 of 10) by J. Gerald Harris

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Instructions on How to Behave (10 of 10)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Thessalonians 5:16-28

In this last section of chapter 5 we find instructions on how to behave toward God, and Paul minces no words. These are clear, straight-forward, urgent admonitions.

Jesus had His beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5, and here Paul lists his beatitudes in the last part of I Thessalonians, chapter 5. I call them beatitudes because the are attitudes that ought to be.

You see, Paul is not only giving us admonitions that touch upon our actions, but he is giving us admonitions that touch upon our attitudes. I think this is important. Some of the most unpleasant, un- Christlike people I have ever known were sound as a dollar theologically, separated from the world ethically, straight in creed, strict in conduct, and singing "I'm dwelling in Beulah Land." But if we profess heaven as our home, we should show the fruit of it. There's no use singing of milk and honey, figs and pomegranates, if all we have to show is crabapples.

So let's look at these attitudes that ought to be -- the beatitudes of Paul.


I. BE HAPPY
In this last section of chapter 5 we find instructions on how to behave toward God, and Paul minces no words. These are clear, straight-forward, urgent admonitions.

Jesus had His beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 5, and here Paul lists his beatitudes in the last part of I Thessalonians, chapter 5. I call them beatitudes because the are attitudes that ought to be.

You see, Paul is not only giving us admonitions that touch upon our actions, but he is giving us admonitions that touch upon our attitudes. I think this is important. Some of the most unpleasant, un- Christlike people I have ever known were sound as a dollar theologically, separated from the world ethically, straight in creed, strict in conduct, and singing "I'm dwelling in Beulah Land." But if we profess heaven as our home, we should show t ...


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